New skatepark in Ventnor finished in just eight days

pic: Angie Davies

A new skatepark in Ventnor has been completed in record time.

The proposed development had been in planning for several years but its construction was put back by Covid and, latterly, a seawall collapse, just a few metres from the skatepark itself.

However, the Ventnor Skatepark group remained committed to promoting skateable/wheeled sports spaces for the town.

John Cattle and Zoe Thompson, from Island Skate Company, Wight Trash, both also trustees of the Ventnor Skatepark group, contacted ‘Neverland Skateparks’, who had previously completed project in Ryde.

They returned to the Island and started on Saturday, June 1, and, with the weather on side, were able to complete the project in less than eight days.

John said: “We were lucky to have Neverland Skate Parks back over for the build, and what a job they have done. We had a maximum budget of £8,000, which has all been raised through local donations.

“The community have really got behind this, the team have been provided with lunches and refreshments from local businesses, and have had fantastic feedback from those passing by and watching it all come together in super-quick time.

“We also couldn’t do these types of projects if it wasn’t for the Island’s building trades, who offered discounts and go out of their way to help us. Wight Building Materials, Jewson’s, Sydenhams and The Forge have been a huge support. It’s awesome to see so many people already enjoying the park.”